Bärenjäger 5th Annual National Bartender Competition

October 7, 2014 - Leave a Response

Hiii splashy readers I hope you are just as excited as I am at this moment in time. I am smiling as I type do you want to know why? Of course you do it is because I’m happyyyyyy!

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Let’s reSPLASH about how I two stepped, chanted classic songs with The Autobahnanz’s a hipster polka band, enjoyed great appetizers and Bärenjäger drinks.

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Last night the audience of The Bärenjäger 5th Annual National Bartender Competition were bear (not a typo) witnesses to greatness. The competition was held at The Flatiron Hall and as soon as you walked in the decor of the venue made you feel as if you were in Berlin with the Oktobear (pun intended) fest theme. For those of you reading who were not in attendance bear with me as I recap on the beehavior of the night. Haha ok I am done with the bear references for now.

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From the savory appetizers that were served (Bavanan pretzels with Bärenjäger honey mustard, bacon wrapped shrimp, sausages and pork sliders) onto the ever so delightful props (top hats, beer mug headbands, bead necklaces, pretzel glasses and more). There was also a photo booth with the woods as a back drop and the main prop being a bear (nice touch) if I do say so myself.

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The setup for this wonderful event was geared to the attendees to show appreciation and to help the 5 judges pick the Audience favorite cocktail. Whoop! There were 6 mixologist who made it to the final round out of the 450 mixologist who submitted to the competition from across the country. The judges included: Alex Guarnschelli (Iron Chef, Celebrity Chef and Author of Old School Comfort Food: The Way I learned to cook), Sean Kenyok (Tales of the Cocktail 2014 American Bartender of the Year Winner), Andrew Knowlton (Restaurant and Drink Editor of Bon Appétit Magazine), Gary Regan (Author of The Joy of Mixology and the host of gazregan.com) and Leo Robitschek (James Beard Award 2014 Outstanding Bar Program Winner).

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The 6 finalists included Megan Bardoe from Miami, FL introducing (Black Gold), Jason Patz from Denver, CO presenting (Oaxacan on Sunshine), James Moore from Columbus, OH serving (Hair of the Bear), Patricia Gavin from Minneapolis, MN introducing (Oh, Honey Honey), Micharl Powers from Tulsa, OK introducing (Sorcerer) and Jason Holstein from Wilmington, DE mixing (¡Jorge’s Bare!). All of the finalists used Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur or Bärenjäger Honey and Bourbon within their recipe. The finalists were competing for the grand prize of an all expense paid trip to Berlin, Germany and $1,000 and the Audience favorite won $1,000 as well for the most casted votes.

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Drum roll please the judges pick for the best cocktail in the Bärenjäger 5th Annual competition was Black Gold mixed by Megan Bardoe. The Audience favorite drink winner was Sorcerer mixed by Michael Powers. Congratulations to the winners and participants. I enjoyed all of the cocktails each cocktail had it’s very own unique flare. I enjoyed speaking to each one of you. Continue to keep the party going with your creations.

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Overall, I had a wonderful time. Dancing the night away to the smooth tunes of The Autobahnanz band, meeting new people and engaging in conversation over food and drinks. Excellent showcase of the brand Bärenjäger and the hospitality of your staff was greatly appreciated. Covers eyes let’s do this again next year, YES!!! (Smiles)

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Better Booze Festival 2014

September 21, 2014 - Leave a Response

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Hi splashy readers (inserts wave) and then proceeds to hit the Shmoney dance. Haha. I recently attended the Better Booze Festival presented by U.S. Veg Corp at Center548. The U.S. Veg Corp is the team behind the groundbreaking NYC Vegetarian Food Festival aiming to educate consumers about vegan food, beer, liquor and wine. Being the foodie that I am I was invited to the vegan brunch. Hey now! This was my first vegan brunch so I was excited, curious and hungry.
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Some of the assorted spread is listed above on the menu. I tried every dish to have a memorable experience. I really enjoyed the Monte Cristo sandwiches, potatoes and cranberry scones.

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This is my colorful plate accompanied by a screwdriver. This experience allowed me to get out of my normal brunch comfort zone. I am glad that I tried a vegan brunch.

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Here is a display of some of the food that was served.
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There were two floors of food, drinks and health and wellness vendors. After having brunch on the third floor I went to the second floor to taste the various drink vendors products. I must say that Owl’s Brew Coco-Lada mixed with FAIR vodka was a smooth and refreshing blend. It had a pineapple and tropical fruit taste to it super de-lic-ous. The representative from The Whitecliff Vineyard was very informative and down to Earth. I enjoyed the crispness of the White Rosé wine. The DOWNEAST cider house raspberry and original flavor was very good as well.

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These potatoes were scrumptious.
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I loved the decor of the setup of the food at the Better Booze Festival. I concur with the slogan only good things inside. There was a game section that instantly reminded me of my college years Twister most definitely, Connect Four, Uno, bean bag toss and other throwback games.
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I couldn’t resist taking a picture on this roll out by BALLS Vodka. All around fun day filled with great food, drinks, people and laughs thank you for having me!

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